Armed Forces Day | May, 18 2013

  • Myra White, left, College Assistance Program advisor at Miami Carol City Senior High, receives the General Colin Powell Service Award from Raul Mas on Saturday, May 18, 2013 during "Our Community Salutes of Miami-Dade County's" High School Enlistee Recognition Ceremony. Part of the second annual Armed Forces Day to recognize and honor military-bound Miami-Dade high school seniors, the event was at Miami Beach Senior High School. Mas was the event's emcee. MARSHA HALPER / Miami Herald Staff

  • United States Air Force enlistee Adam Baez, a John H. Ferguson Senior High senior, shares a tender moment with his baby sister, Alexa Roberts, 18 months, during lunch Saturday, May 18, 2013. Adam and more than 100 high school seniors who enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces were recognized and honored at "Our Community Salutes of Miami-Dade County's" High School Enlistee Recognition Ceremony at Miami Beach Senior High. The event, during the second annual Armed Forces Day to recognize and honor military-bound Miami-Dade high school seniors, was followed by a lunch for enlistees and their families. MARSHA HALPER / Miami Herald Staff

  • Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho praises the 100-plus Miami-Dade high school seniors to take the Oath of Enlistment on Saturday, May 18, 2013 in Miami Beach. The "Our Community Salutes of Miami-Dade County's" High School Enlistee Recognition Ceremony was at Miami Beach Senior High School. The second annual Armed Forces Day was to recognize and honor military-bound Miami-Dade high school seniors. The civilian keynote speaker, Carvalho said to the students, "You will embrace the new 3 Rs -- respect, responsibility " in their chosen branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. MARSHA HALPER / Miami Herald Staff

  • United States Marine Corps enlistee Dravey Tyler Olivera shows the certificate he received on Saturday May 18, 2013 in Miami Beach. "Our Community Salutes of Miami-Dade County's" High School Enlistee Recognition Ceremony, at Miami Beach Senior High School, was the second annual Armed Forces Day to recognize and honor military-bound Miami-Dade high school seniors. MARSHA HALPER / Miami Herald Staff

  • The Posting of the Colors opens the formal ceremony during the second annual Armed Forces Day to recognize and honor military-bound Miami-Dade high school seniors, on Saturday, May 18, 2013 in Miami Beach. "Our Community Salutes of Miami-Dade County's" High School Enlistee Recognition Ceremony drew more than 100 inductees, their families and school representatives. The event was at Miami Beach Senior High School. A formal ceremony featured a mass swearing-in, during which the young enlistees took their Oath of Enlistment into the U.S. Armed Forces -- the Army, the Marine Corps, the Air Force, and the Coast Guard. MARSHA HALPER / Miami Herald Staff

  • U.S. Army inductee Erick Alexander Rodriguez, left, is congratulated by Brigadier General (Retired) Hector E. Pagan, U.S. Army, second from right; and Vice Admiral Joseph D. Kernan, U.S. Navy, Deputy Commander, U.S. Southern Command, right, after taking the Oath of Enlistment at Miami Beach Senior High on Saturday, May 18, 2013. At back are Raul Mas, emcee of the enlistment recognition ceremony by "Our Community Salutes of Miami-Dade County," left; and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Pepe Diaz. The second annual Armed Forces Day was to recognize and honor military-bound Miami-Dade high school seniors. MARSHA HALPER / Miami Herald Staff

  • 1SG (first sergeant) Cesar Romero, U.S. Army Miami Recruiting Company, right, visits with new enlistee Roger Castrillo Jr., 19, center, and his parents, Luz and Roger Castrillo, during a lunch following Miami-Dade County's High School Enlistee Recognition Ceremony, Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Miami Beach Senior High. Castrillo Jr. is a future soldier in Romero's company, based in Doral. After his graduation from Miami Carol City Senior, he will report to Fort Jackson in South Carolina for basic training before returning to Miami-Dade. "I plan on making the military my whole career," said Castrillo Jr. He was among more than 100 Miami-Dade high school seniors recognized and honored by "Our Community Salutes of Miami-Dade County" at the second annual Armed Forces Day. MARSHA HALPER / Miami Herald Staff

  • Participants in the High School Enlistee Recognition Ceremony laugh as civilian keynote speaker Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho recounts a funny story. More than 100 Miami-Dade high school seniors took the Oath of Enlistment on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Miami Beach Senior High School. The "Our Community Salutes of Miami-Dade County's" High School Enlistee Recognition Ceremony was part of the second annual Armed Forces Day to recognize and honor the military-bound seniors. MARSHA HALPER / Miami Herald Staff

  • Miami-Dade high school seniors who took the Oath of Enlistment in the U.S. Marine Corps shake hands with U.S. Armed Forces officers after receiving their certificates of enlistment on Saturday, May 18, 2013. The officers are Col. Rick Morrow, Chaplain, U.S. Army, left; Lieutenant Colonel. J. Frank Melgarejo Jr., Commander, U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion Miami; Major Kenneth del Mazo, Commanding Officer, U.S. Marine Recruiting Station, Fort Lauderdale; and Commander Nathan King, Executive Officer, U.S. Navy Recruiting District Miami. "Our Community Salutes of Miami-Dade County's" High School Enlistee Recognition Ceremony was during the second annual Armed Forces Day to recognize and honor military-bound Miami-Dade high school seniors. MARSHA HALPER / Miami Herald Staff

  • U.S. Navy inductee Luisa Villegas, center, is congratulated by Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, right; and Miami-Dade County Public Schools board member Dr. Laurence Feldman (District 9), second from right, after taking the Oath of Enlistment at Miami Beach Senior High on Saturday, May 18, 2013. At back are Raul Mas, emcee of the enlistment recognition ceremony by "Our Community Salutes of Miami-Dade County." The second annual Armed Forces Day was to recognize and honor military-bound Miami-Dade high school seniors. MARSHA HALPER / Miami Herald Staff

  • United States Coast Guard new enlistee Ariel Baez Jr., center, beams as he is welcomed and congratulated by Captain Rick Kenin, Chief of Staff, 7th District, U.S. Coast Guard on Saturday May 18, 2013 in Miami Beach. "Our Community Salutes of Miami-Dade County's" High School Enlistee Recognition Ceremony, at Miami Beach Senior High School, was the second annual Armed Forces Day to recognize and honor military-bound Miami-Dade high school seniors. At left is the other U.S. Coast Guard enlistee, Aubrey Cummings. In background, between Baez Jr. and Kenin, are Major Kenneth del Mazo, commanding officer, U.S. Marine Recruiting Station, Fort Lauderdale; and Commander Nathan King, Executive Officer, U.S. Navy Recruiting District Miami. Keynote speakers included Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho; Vice Admiral Joseph D. Kernan, U.S. Navy Deputy Commander, U.S. Southern Command; Brigadier General (Retired) Hector E. Pagan, U.S. Army. A formal ceremony featured a mass swearing-in, during which the young enlistees took their Oath of Enlistment into the U.S. Armed Forces. MARSHA HALPER / Miami Herald Staff

  • Miami-Dade high school seniors take the Oath of Enlistment on Saturday, May 18, 2013. "Our Community Salutes of Miami-Dade County's" High School Enlistee Recognition Ceremony was during the second annual Armed Forces Day to recognize and honor military-bound Miami-Dade high school seniors. More than 100 young men and women enlisted in the armed forces during the ceremony at Miami Beach Senior High School. MARSHA HALPER / Miami Herald Staff